Microsoft Rolls Out XP Embedded OS

Microsoft released the Windows XP embedded operating system with Service Pack 1, with a number of new features.

LAS VEGAS—Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the release of its Windows XP embedded operating system with Service Pack 1, meeting its promise to deliver new Windows XP Embedded technologies within 90 days of the client release.

Keith White, senior director of Microsofts Embedded and Appliance Platform group, told a press briefing on Tuesday morning here at the Windows Embedded Developer Conference that this release will continue the rapid development of things like medical devices and set top boxes.

This componentized version of Windows XP SP1 includes a number of new features, such as remote boot, which allows an embedded-based client device to boot remotely using an image downloaded from a server. The new device update agent allows embedded devices deployed in the field to be remotely managed and updated.

The system deployment image manager enables users to quickly deploy runtime images to Windows XP Embedded devices, with support now available in more than 20 languages, including Arabic, Czech, Hebrew and Russian.

New communication protocols and services include IP version 6 and USB 2.0. The evaluation version of Windows XP Embedded with SP1 can be found here.

Also on Tuesday, VIA Technologies Inc. announced that its C3 E-Series processor and VIA Eden Platform are supported in the Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 1.

Microsoft dropped the price for the Windows CE .Net and Windows XP Embedded tool suites, known as Platform Builder and Target Designer Windows Embedded, from $2,999 to $995, until March 31, 2003, White said.

"Our business model is not predicated on tool sales and our goal is to get these into developers hands as easily and affordably as possible. It is not a move to counter other competitive threats," he said.

In his keynote address here on Tuesday morning, Todd Warren, general manager of Microsofts Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group, told hundreds of attendees that devices are becoming ever smarter and more connected and that going forward that environment will be more accessible and hassle-free.